"Security arrangements and confidence-building measures in the Karabakh context: mapping out future steps and scenarios" was the theme of a round table meeting organised by LINKS (Dialogue, Analysis and Research) in Vienna on 28-29 November. The event was organised with the support of the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE, and attended by representatives of a number of international organisations, European think-tanks, as well as experts from Armenia and Azerbaijan.
A spokesperson for LINKS (DAR) told commonspace.eu that the Vienna event was the latest in a series of meetings that LINKS has organised in the last year to highlight issues arising from the Karabakh conflict and raise awareness of the importance of confidence-building measures aimed at supporting the peace efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen.
Last month LINKS (DAR), in the framework of the European Union initiative, EPNK 3, set up a working group with the participation of Armenian and Azerbaijani experts, aimed at developing thinking on the issue of confidence-building measures in the Karabakh context. The working group held outreach meetings in Yerevan on 16 October and in Baku on 6 November.
You can read more on LINKS (DAR) activities on issue of confidence-building measures in the Karabakh context here
The LINKS (DAR) spokesperson told commonspace.eu that the working group held its second meeting in Vienna on 30 November. A number of areas of work that the group will focus on in 2018 were discussed and decisions taken on how to take the work forward.
You can read more on the working group here
photo: Participants in the round table "Security arrangements and confidence-building measures in the Karabakh context: mapping out future steps and scenarios" held in Vienna on 28-29 November 2017.
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